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Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Image of the Sun

The End of the Sun:  How Large Stars Die The Sun has been a constant source of light, warmth, and life for all of human history.  But, will it always be this way?  What will happen as the Sun ages?  Will it get colder?  Hotter?  Larger?  Smaller?  Believe it or not, the answer to ALL of these questions is—yes!  Have you ever…

Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Hubble Space Telescope field of view in the Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search (SWEEPS)

Please check back soon for a recording of this presentation! The Life and Death of Normal Stars   Are you aware that the great majority of stars are smaller than our sun? That stars can live for millions of years before they die? Or billions of years? Or even trillions of years? It seems almost unbelievable! What factors influence star lifetimes? Do…

Family Astronomy Night, Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7 PM EST – VIRTUAL EVENT

Image of star birth from Hubble Space Telescope

Please check back soon for a recording of this presentation!   Star Birth: How Our Night Sky Came to Be Zoom link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/98568624049 Password: MSU Did you know that everything we understand about star birth has been learned only in the last hundred years?  There are so many questions for scientists to answer!  What does it actually mean for a star to be…

Family Astronomy & Telescope Night Feb. 28

Moon

Did you know that some stars throb and pulse like a heartbeat?  That some stars change their color or their brightness back and forth over days or months?  Or that one of the brightest stars in our sky has suddenly dimmed quite noticeably, and astronomers don’t know why? Join us at MSU St. Andrews in Midland to learn more! Families with school-age…

Family Astronomy & Telescope Night POSTPONED

Girl learning to use telescope

This month holds the best opportunity to view both Jupiter and Saturn for all of 2017! >Telescopes will be available, but you can bring your own binoculars too! Program: At 9:00pm, there will be a short presentation about astronomy, describing the different telescopes we have; When it is dark (about 9:30pm), we will go outdoors for an observing session. Jupiter and Saturn…

Family Stargazing April 28 Not Impeded by Rain

Professor Edmund Stark providing an astronomy lesson to a family

The stargazing event on April 28 was unfortunately impeded by clouds and light rain, but the fun and learning continued indoors. MSU researcher, Edmund Stark, provided in introduction to astronomy by explaining astronomical sizes and distances. Using a globe to model the Earth, he described the sizes of the moon, other planets, other moons, and the sun, relative to the globe, the…